As with many high-end vehicles, the NHTSA has not evaluated the BMW iX by means of crash tests. The IIHS also hasn't performed a safety review on the BMW iX. However, the iX xDrive50 received excellent ratings from Euro NCAP, achieving a five-star score in the organization's various evaluations. While this doesn't mean much for the US market, it does give an indication as to how the iX xDrive50 and the M60 would perform in a collision.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The BMW iX is equipped with an extensive list of safety features. As standard, both the xDrive50 and M60 receive a rearview camera with park distance control (front and rear), automatic high beams, and the Active Driving Assistant safety suite. This is comprised of front collision warning system, which is bolstered by active blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, and a speed limit warning.
As an electric vehicle, the iX moves along with silence. To alert unaware passers-by of its presence, the BMW boasts an acoustic pedestrian warning. The iX M60 builds on this with a standard interior camera and adaptive LED headlights. The latter is available on the xDrive50 for an additional $1,000. Opting for the Premium Package on the lesser model introduces Active Driving Assistant Professional, active cruise control, and many more features. The M60 is available with the Executive Package, which includes a lane-keep system with side collision avoidance and traffic jam assist.
Lastly, both variants ship standard with an Active Protection System. This clever feature can detect accidents and prepare the cabin for impact by automatically pretensioning the seatbelts, closing the windows and sunroof, and activating braking after an impact. This brilliant piece of tech also includes a fatigue and focus alert for the driver. The iX also comes with six airbags as standard.
|BMW iX Trims||xDrive50||M60|
|Rear Parking Aid||N/A||N/A|
|Blind Spot Monitor||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||O||O|
|Lane Keeping Assist||O||O|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S|
The BMW iX has already been recalled three times, with two urgent notices issued by the NHTSA for a fire risk that requires not driving the vehicle and parking it away from buildings and people. This is due to a fault with the high-voltage battery that could lead to a short circuit. The other recalls pertain to the center display missing critical information and the airbag control unit software that may malfunction.
Unfortunately, there's no rating for the electric SUV on J.D Power, but the iX does at least come with peace of mind from the automaker. The BMW iX warranty is a limited four-year/50,000-mile type and is bolstered by a 12-year/unlimited mileage rust perforation limited warranty. The battery is covered for eight years/100,000 miles.
While you cannot specify extra-cost, standalone safety features for the iX, additional safety features can be found within the available packages. For the xDrive50, the $7,000 Premium Package includes technology such as a head-up display, active cruise control, active lane-keep assist with side collision avoidance, and traffic jam assist. It also includes a 360-degree camera with 3D view. The M60 is available with a $3,000 Executive Package. This includes most of the features mentioned above.